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Photo exhibition at Melon Bluff
Kayak Picture
This Diane Kirkland photo was taken at Melon Bluff some years ago and has become an icon of enjoying the Georgia Coast. - photo by Photo by Diane Kirkland
The “Diane Kirkland: Photography of the Georgia Coast” exhibit at Melon Bluff’s Nature Center will be open to the public from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturdays and runs to Feb. 20.
The exhibit features photographs that Kirkland has taken as the Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s artist-in-residence during the past year. The exhibit at the nature center, 2999 Islands Highway between Midway and Sunbury, is free.
There will be an opening reception with the artist from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments will be served.
Kirkland has been working on a series of landscapes from Ossabaw Island Georgia.
“These photographs are about the simple beauty found in the natural environment,” Kirkland said. “Often, we seem to lose the connection with our natural surroundings and we seem very complacent to allow these sanctuaries to disappear. I would like for my pictures to show that these places are worthy of our attention.”
In her role as senior photographer with Georgia Department of Economic Development for 25 years, Kirkland took photographs for advertising campaigns, publications and Web sites. Her work has appeared in national and international publications, including the New York Times, Time Magazine, USA Today, Southern Living and the Times of London.
In 2001, Kirkland was invited by former Gov. Roy Barnes to collaborate with Georgia’s poet laureate to create “Oglethorpe’s Dream: A Picture of Georgia,” a photographic book depicting the beauty and cultural traditions of the state. In 2007, she took photographs for the book “Democracy Restored, A History of the Georgia State Capitol.”
Kirkland will be judging a photographic competition celebrating Arbor Day at the close of her exhibit at Melon Bluff. For information about rules and entries, call 880-4500 or go to
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